1. Campus Director of the Office of Placement & Training 

Reema Obaid Ross 

 

Reema Obaid Ross, PsyD 

Reema Obaid Ross is the Campus Director of the Office of Placement & Training as well as the Director of Clinical Training for the Department in Forensic Psychology. She obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2011 and became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in 2013. Dr. Obaid Ross completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Academic Community Leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Sinai Hospital: Under the Rainbow Program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Behavioral Health Services. Prior to obtaining a doctorate degree, she completed a master's of science degree in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. Dr. Obaid Ross has trained and worked in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential facilities, working with children, adolescents and adults. Her primary interests include training and supervision as well as clinical work with children and families, underserved populations, trauma and attachment theory. Dr. Obaid Ross currently has a small private practice in Chicago working with adults. 

 

  1. Applied Behavioral Analysis – Cam Mittleman (No picture or biography)  

  1. Business  

Charmon Williams 

 

Charmon Parker Williams, Ph.D. 

Charmon Parker Williams, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Business Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to her appointment as core faculty in 2013, Dr. Williams served as an adjunct instructor for the School, beginning in 2009. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Prior to working at TCSPP, Dr. Williams achieved results in a variety of leadership roles in the corporate sector, including Program Manager for HR Strategy and Executive Talent Management for Hewitt Associates; Vice President for the Human Resources Management and Workforce Diversity Consulting Practice at James H. Lowry & Associates; Personnel Officer at Harris Trust and Savings Bank, and Personnel Psychologist for the United States Office of Personnel Management. She has a private consulting practice which focuses on Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Assessment and Coaching, Strategic Planning for Non-Profits, and Training Facilitation. Her accomplishments transcend a variety of industries in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. 

A published author and speaker on leadership development, career management, and diversity, Dr. Williams has presented at several national conferences and has created a signature workshop and published a book on Personal Branding. Additionally, she has been a contributing writer for a number of industry related magazines for more than a decade. Dr. William's research interests include cross-cultural competency on global teams, factors associated with expatriate success, the application of I/O Psychology frameworks to small businesses and non-traditional industries, and career branding 

  1. Clinical PsyD, Chicago 

John Shustitzky 

 

John Shustitzky, PhD 

Dr. Shustitzky is a licensed psychologist with over thirty years experience providing psychological services, executive leadership and graduate student training and supervision in a variety of behavioral health and social service organizations and institutions of higher education. He has been affiliated with the Chicago School in a variety of roles since 1989. In addition to his commitment to graduate teaching, he has substantial experience in administration, program development, budgeting, fiscal management, grant writing, fundraising, government relations and advocacy at the local, state and federal level, program evaluation, public relations, personnel management and clinical treatment. He is committed to developing and supporting collaborative efforts to improve communities and the organizations that serve them and to advancing social justice. 

Fatma Aydin 

 

Fatma Aydin, PhD 

Dr. Aydin received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and earned her master's degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from the Applied Psychology Department of New York University through a Fulbright Scholarship. She also holds two bachelor's degrees with honors from Boğaziçi University, double-majoring in Psychology and in Guidance and Psychological Counseling. Clinically, Dr. Aydin works primarily with young-adult and adult populations. Throughout her career, she has worked at several university counseling centers, both in Chicago and abroad, including her doctoral internship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Counseling Services. She has also provided clinical services at community mental health centers and outpatient clinics. Dr. Aydin's clinical and professional interests include multicultural and diversity issues, social justice, critical consciousness, identity exploration, interpersonal struggles, mood concerns, life transitions and strength-based interventions. Dr. Aydin has a passion for supervision, training, and mentoring. She has supervised doctoral and master's-level practicum trainees throughout her training in Chicago. She also provides mentorship to international graduate students in psychology through the International Mentoring and Orientation Committee of APA's International Section of Division 17. In her role as the Associate Director of OPT at The Chicago School, she is committed to supporting students in receiving clinical training in alignment with their professional interests and goals for their careers. 

 

 

Rachel Nitzarim, PhD 

Dr. Nitzarim is one of the Associate Directors of The Office of Placement and Training in the Clinical PsyD department. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison in 2015. Throughout her training and early career, she has cultivated an interest in psychologist training, competency development and clinical 
supervision. Additionally, her research on social class and psychotherapy process and outcome has resulted in numerous publications in various career, qualitative and Counseling Psychology journals as well as a number of presentations at professional conferences.  

Finally, after training in a number of community mental health and counseling centers, and obtaining licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois, she has found a passion for long term, psychodynamically-oriented and interpersonally-based clinical work. In addition to her position at The Chicago School, she is currently providing psychotherapy services to adolescents, adults and couples at her group private practice, Smith Psychotherapy Associates S.C. To date, Dr. Nitzarim has co-taught Supervision, Consultation and Professional Issues and History and Systems, a DBT-Lite elective course  and Intermediate Practicum Seminar.  

Areas of interest include issues related to social class, unemployment, low-income populations, psychotherapy process and outcome, psychology training, clinical supervision and psychologist competency.  

 

  1. Clinical PsyDXula  

Margaret Smith 

 

Marge Smith, PsyD 

Dr. Smith graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2002. She worked in community mental health settings as a provider and supervisor for six years prior to entering into academia. She served for ten years in clinical training at another university prior to coming to New Orleans to serve as the Director of Clinical Training at The Xavier University of Louisiana Chicago School campus. She has worked with a diverse range of people and has research interests in cross-cultural communication, mentoring, diversity competency development and measurement of competency in the evaluation of psychologists. She previously as the Chair of the Diversity Committee for APPIC. 

  1. Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

Frances McClain 

Francis McClain, MA, LCPC, NCC 

Ms. McClain received her Masters in Counseling from Governors State University and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She is the Director of Clinical Training in the Counseling Psychology Department since 2010 and worked as an adjunct instructor since 2008. She was the Program Director of Clinical Services at The Josselyn Center, a community mental health center on the North Shore for 10 years prior to joining staff at TCSPP. Throughout her career she has worked in a number of different capacities that includes individual, family and group clinical work, clinical and administrative supervision, grant writing, program development and implementation, case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, community liaison work with both private and state psychiatric hospitals and consultation with mental health centers around program development and accreditation preparation. Her career journey has taken her from the far South suburbs, to DuPage County to the city and North Shore. She is currently Ph.D. candidate in the Counseling Education and Supervision program and working on her dissertation which is focused on the role of white mental health professionals engaged in anti-racist activist work. Ms. McClain has presented at the local, state, and national level on topics related to cultural competence, values conflicts, and human sexuality. Ms. McClain is on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, and President-Elect and a founding member of the Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW). 

 

  1. Masters in Counseling Psychology  

Frances McClain 

 

Francis McClain, MA, LCPC, NCC 

Ms. McClain received her Masters in Counseling from Governors State University and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She is the Director of Clinical Training in the Counseling Psychology Department since 2010 and worked as an adjunct instructor since 2008. She was the Program Director of Clinical Services at The Josselyn Center, a community mental health center on the North Shore for 10 years prior to joining staff at TCSPP. Throughout her career she has worked in a number of different capacities that includes individual, family and group clinical work, clinical and administrative supervision, grant writing, program development and implementation, case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, community liaison work with both private and state psychiatric hospitals and consultation with mental health centers around program development and accreditation preparation. Her career journey has taken her from the far South suburbs, to DuPage County to the city and North Shore. She is currently Ph.D. candidate in the Counseling Education and Supervision program and working on her dissertation which is focused on the role of white mental health professionals engaged in anti-racist activist work. Ms. McClain has presented at the local, state, and national level on topics related to cultural competence, values conflicts, and human sexuality. Ms. McClain is on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, and President-Elect and a founding member of the Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW). 

 

Corina Ratz 

 

Corina Ratz, MA, LCPC 

Mrs. Ratz is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Mrs. Ratz graduated with her Master's in Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She joined the Office of Placement & Training as one of the Associate Directors in the MACP program in January of 2011. Prior to this she has been practicing as a bilingual family therapist at The Pediatric Developmental Center with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Here she worked primarily with Spanish speaking families who were seeking help for their children with a history of developmental problems associated with behavioral difficulties. Mrs. Ratz also has a Master's degree in Health Psychology from National-Louis University. Upon graduation she worked as a child therapist in the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Lurie Children's Hospital (previously Children's Memorial Hospital). 

Ms. Ratz is a firm believer in addressing the family's needs as a whole, as well as helping the underserved population, such as immigrants, or families that are experiencing homelessness. An immigrant herself, Mrs. Ratz came to Chicago from her native Romania in September of 2003. Her work with families experiencing homelessness is part of her collaboration with FACT (Family Assertive Community Treatment), an interagency coalition advocating for addressing the needs of the entire family unit. 

Mrs. Ratz's areas of expertise include treatment of children and adolescents on the Autistic Spectrum, working with parents of children with developmental disabilities, as well as working with couples. Mrs. Ratz completed all three levels of the Gottman couples training (2011- 2013). As a licensed clinical professional counselor, Mrs. Ratz is a member of American Counseling Association as well as Illinois Counseling Association. 

 

  1. Forensic Psychology  

Reema Obaid Ross 

 

Reema Obaid Ross, PsyD 

Reema Obaid Ross is the Campus Director of the Office of Placement & Training as well as the Director of Clinical Training for the Department in Forensic Psychology. She obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2011 and became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in 2013. Dr. Obaid Ross completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Academic Community Leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Sinai Hospital: Under the Rainbow Program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Behavioral Health Services. Prior to obtaining a doctorate degree, she completed a master's of science degree in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. Dr. Obaid Ross has trained and worked in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential facilities, working with children, adolescents and adults. Her primary interests include training and supervision as well as clinical work with children and families, underserved populations, trauma and attachment theory. Dr. Obaid Ross currently has a small private practice in Chicago working with adults. 

 

  1. School Psychology 

Tiffany Keller 

 

Tiffany Keller, PsyD 

Dr. Keller joined The Chicago School program faculty in 2006 and taught in the Clinical Psy.D. department primarily in the area of child and adolescent practice for 10 years and is currently the Director of Clinical Training, an associate professor and department faculty member in School Psychology department. In addition to responsibility for student training, Dr. Keller teaches predominantly assessment-focused classes including and enjoys chairing student dissertations. 

Her research interests include many domains of social-emotional-cognitive functioning effecting children, teens and young adults in their educational and occupational pursuits and overall mental health adjustment. This includes relational constructs such as attachment and areas of neurodevelopment including emotional regulation and domains of executive functioning such as inhibition and adaptation. Effects on school engagement, anxiety (performance and otherwise), and social adaptation and bullying are the outcomes of focus for these research questions. Additional research and presentation interests include forms of consultation such as parent training and teacher/staff development in schools. 

Dr. Keller worked for several years as clinical/school psychologist and continues as a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. Her private practice focuses on assessment and therapy across the lifespan. In addition to her teaching and practice, Dr. Keller engages in service to the academic community including having chaired several institutional and departmental committees during her time as faculty. 

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